Baby Queen, the moniker utilised by 23-year-old Bella Latham, has released a brand new single, ‘You Shaped Hole’.
As pure pop as music can get, ‘You Shaped Hole’ sees Latham channelling classic Swiftian hooks on her latest track. Lyrically the song finds Latham at a crossroads: she’s confident in her ability to move on from a former flame, but she can’t help but still grieve the loss. “I can do any fucking thing that I want to do/But there’s a hole inside of me and it’s shaped like you.”
“I was super heartbroken when I wrote this song, and my ex was dating this beautiful supermodel after dumping me in Clissold Park in North East London,” she explains. “I went through a bit of a wild phase, as one does, and was doing everything I could possibly do to feel better. At the time I had this image in my mind of a hole inside my body that was shaped exactly like my ex, and it was as if I was trying to fill that hole in any way I could, but the things I was filling it with never reached the corners or made me feel any better, they just cluttered my life.”
The song checks all the right boxes: Incredibly catchy? Check. Ear worms for days? Check. Filled with interesting production touches? Check. Pop music gets a bad reputation for being vapid and watered down, but I quite enjoyed some of the cheesier qualities of ‘You Shaped Hole’, like the buzzy synths and the highly dramatic spoken-word bridge.
But there’s a darker underbelly to the undeniably light and airy jaunt of a song. Trying to fill the void that someone left in you is understandably difficult, and Latham turns to anything that will numb the pain: God, philosophy, drugs, drink. It’s all on the table. ‘You Shaped Hole’ works because it’s not afraid to tap into the harsher realities that can come with a nasty breakup.
Check out the visualiser for ‘You Shaped Hole’ down below.